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The Florida Conference is home to hundreds of local churches, ministries, clergy and lay members dedicated to making a difference in the world. Check out the stories below to see how they are sharing ideas and making disciples of Jesus Christ for the transformation of the world.

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A mailing address makes all the difference

March 01, 2019

The “mail call” idea is that the homeless, who are referred to as guests, can receive mail addressed to them in care of the church. It has turned into a lifeline for many.

Closed church reborn with heart for mission

February 22, 2019

Over the past decade, Joining Hands Mission has grown its ministry from a simple Sunday breakfast into a community-wide network of loving and caring people who provide essential services for the less-fortunate citizens of Pasco County.

Church seeks to expand healing ministry

January 11, 2019

Miami Lakes is expanding its Celebrate Recovery program to include not just alcohol and drug addicts, but also those who suffer from anxiety and depression or other types of addictions.

Allendale ministry helps less fortunate

January 04, 2019

The ministry is organized and headed by a coalition between the United Methodist Women and United Methodist Cooperative Ministries Suncoast.

Old camper turns into housing relief

December 14, 2018

As Rachel read stories of homes destroyed in Panama City, Mexico Beach and elsewhere from Hurricane Michael, God whispered in her ear: Why not spruce up the trailer and donate it to the relief effort to provide housing for those in dire need?

Pub group takes the Word outside church walls

December 07, 2018

The group is populated primarily by church members who don't enjoy traditional Bible study and former members who are willing to re-engage and give the church a second, less-traditional look.

Through the Roof Ministries

October 19, 2018

Through the Roof is a special-needs ministry of The United Methodist Church of the Palm Beaches, and it works with people from many churches throughout the area. Phyllis Parthemer heads the ministry, ...

First, Seffner, starts a band for school

October 05, 2018

The church has also partnered with Instruments of Change, which successfully started four other school bands in Hillsborough County. The program is designed to teach students more than just how to play a musical instrument.

A little church makes big miracles

September 21, 2018

A tiny old church tucked in the heart of downtown St. Cloud is accomplishing huge things for the area’s downtrodden. Pastor Wilma Reyes of First United Methodist Church calls their ministries nothing short of a miracle.

Mission in Guyana from Essequibo to Lake Capoey

August 31, 2018

In July, a team of five representatives from First UMC of Fort Lauderdale spent a week in Guyana doing what Senior Pastor Jill Auman called “renewing our commitment” to the Ruimveldt Children’s Home and Care Center.

Summer Salad gatherings offer women fellowship

August 10, 2018

It all started when church member Suzanne Tedder realized the women attending the weekly Bible study were having a bit of summer cabin fever, eager to escape the chaos of running the kids here, there and everywhere.

'Shopping for a Mission' fills Jacksonville pantry

August 08, 2018

Many generous participants of all ages from Beach Church in Jacksonville went on a special shopping trip to help restock BEAM's (Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry) food pantry.

Port Orange Girl Scouts fight hunger

August 03, 2018

A year after the girls organized and built an outdoor food pantry at First United Methodist Church of Port Orange, the service project continues to meet the needs of the surrounding neighborhood.

Sustaining community support in summer a challenge

July 23, 2018

About six months after the holidays, food pantries tend to be a little bare. And with school about to start, institutions with mostly students from low-income homes are in dire need of supplies.

Honoring Rev. Tom Derrough

July 16, 2018

Venice-based writer Ed Scott remembers a life-changing mission trip to Uganda over 10 years ago led by Rev. Derrough, who passed away on June 30.

First Melbourne moving into the future

July 13, 2018

First United Methodist Church of Melbourne is embarking on a major construction project that will radically transform the historic church.

Slimed for a cause

July 12, 2018

Getting slimed has become a tradition at Palm Harbor UMC.

Beach Church seeking leaders for the future

June 15, 2018

“We have a huge desire to invest in the next generation, and we want to develop a pipeline of ministerial staff that can be part of our church, a campus we start in the future or in another church.” —Pastor Carey Sumner

Irma survivor has reason to smile

May 15, 2018

The April celebration brought an amazing collection of people together who had combined their efforts to help the couple.

First Sebring opens 24-7 prayer room

May 11, 2018

Senior Pastor David Juliano and his wife, Alison, spearheaded the drive to create this unique non-stop prayer meeting, which ultimately will serve the community at large, not just the church.

Brews & Hebrews offers taste of spiritual Scripture

May 04, 2018

With a new influx of millennials joining its congregation, San Marco Church in Jacksonville started holding its Sunday night bible study, Brews and Hebrews, at a local microbrewery. Many stay long after the brew glasses are empty.

New Covenant partners with Kids Central

April 27, 2018

In April 2018, a blue pinwheel garden was planted off U.S. Highway 301 in Wildwood, the results of a church partnership with Kids Central raising awareness for National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

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